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Re: Stepping down and moving on

From: Alexander Kobel
Subject: Re: Stepping down and moving on
Date: Wed, 9 Nov 2016 18:49:23 +0100
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Dear David,

my sincere thanks for your past and ongoing work and dedication for Lilypond (and other FOSS, by the way). We are well aware that our donations could not sustain you in the long run. As always in such situations, it's a pity for the community to hear that an important member of the dev team has to move on, but I guess we all do understand your reasons and support your decision. Actually, I'm surprised that you managed to tolerate the status quo for so long, and I'm glad that you seem to have found an apt employment. Good luck with the commuting, though...

On a personal note: I think you are too pessimistic about your abilities in leading and managing. I've only scratched the varnish of the very surface of Lilypond's development, but I silently followed many conversations. I doubt that any different attitude or communication style would have led to any "more successful" outcome in recruiting or motivating. I've seen many sincere discussions in rough tones, including ones about your opinions and personality, but in the end I can't remember many occasions when other developers did not eventually appreciate the fact that issues were discussed openly. And I've never felt doubts by anyone about your dedication and motivation for the common goal, despite of disagreements in the execution. There is no team working together over such a long time without discussions, disputes and arguments - the art is settling them, and approaching new tasks (and the same people) with an open mind. When I remember the few pictures I saw from the personal developer meetings at your place, I feel that you are way better in social affairs than you might think. And I'll miss your humor on those lists...

All the best in your future endeavors!

Thanks again,

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